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Dashboard Economic and Employment Services Reform Summary

Below are the Economic and Employment Services (EES) Reform efforts.
Expected completion date: 06/2020

Links to Quality is a child care quality recognition and improvement system. This state-wide system was designed to recognize child care providers strengths and quality within their work. DCF launched the Links to Quality Pilot with a small group of 42 providers in April 2018.   The Links to Quality Pilot is a trial run to ensure that all Links to Quality materials and procedures operate as planned. The pilot will last for a period of 2 years.

​Expected completion date: 01/2019

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time, per year, benefit. Integration into the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement Systems (KEES) for LIEAP is scheduled for the 2019 program year. This will replace the antiquated mainframe system and additionally move LIEAP to an imaging system.

​Expected completion date: 10/2019

The CCDBG Act of 2014 renews authority for CCDF through FY 2020. The new vision focuses on dual purposes—to promote economic self-sufficiency for low-income families and support healthy development and school readiness for children in care. Reauthorization brings significant changes to the program: increased health and safety requirements for child care providers, requiring background checks, and inspection of facilities; stability for parents and children through family-friendly eligibility policies; and better transparency to assist parents in better understanding child care choices available to them by improving accessibility and transparency of information about providers.

Expected completion date: 03/2019

​HOPEWorks is an employment services program for individuals receiving food assistance that will first be implemented in areas not served by the USDA pilot project (GOALS). Funding is proposed to be varied based on the populations served. The Food Assistance Employment and Training Program will ultimately focus on adults without dependents, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will be used for short-term, non-recurrent assistance for adults with dependents in their households.

​Expected completion date: 10/2018

Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) latest authorization has significant impacts on the child care subsidy program. States are to implement these mandated changes in 2018 policies. The State plan will reflect the changes as well as provide details of the child care subsidy program. The state plan is to be finalized and submitted by July 2018.